Entering its fourth decade, Bren-Mar is positioning itself for the next generation. Max Williams joined the company over six years ago learning the “Bren-Mar way”. His keen insight, quick ability to learn and desire to follow in his father’s footsteps has provided a strong basis for taking Bren-Mar Construction through the next 30 years.
Brent and Max continue to work side-by-side today. They believe in the company’s future and the people that make Bren-Mar strong. While celebrating this milestone has provided a time of reflection, it has also encouraged us for the future. Bren-Mar is confident the years to come will continue to be prosperous and offer more opportunities worth celebrating.
A Conversation with Father and Son
Sitting down with Brent and Max for a candid conversation about working together provided moments of deep thought, a few smiles, a little humor and some insight into Bren-Mar Construction’s future.
What do you enjoy most about working together?
Brent says he enjoys “watching Max go from raw talent to a highly qualified builder and learning the processes”. “It’s a privilege to be able to teach my son as an adult; he continues to grow.”
Max believes he and his father are a lot alike, but with just as many differences. “It is nice to be able to sit together and catch up on everything at least once or twice a week. I feel fortunate to be able to do that.”
What challenges you most working together?
“It can be a challenge because Max and I are so much the same”, says Brent. “It’s not always an easy road, sometimes we butt heads.”
“That is a loaded question…” According to Max, “letting the reins down and letting go of control” is a challenge for father and son.
What do you envision for the future of Bren-Mar Construction?
Brent – “I see Bren-Mar Construction as a young and robust company.” We are a good blend of young and old, with new people being trained “the Bren-Mar way”. We can grow as big as we want if we keep our core values of always providing high quality and taking care of our customers.” We’ll do whatever it takes for our customers.”
Max – “I envision continued success and possible growth. I would love to change some things, but it is hard to make decisions for change when we see and live the success that Bren-Mar Construction has achieved, and continues to achieve. I truly believe the relationships that Bren-Mar Construction has with their employees and contractors drives our success and accomplishments. This is something that will always be a priority for Bren-Mar.”
This father and son dual are a pretty powerful team. They actually complement each other with their unique strengths and abilities. This “young and old” combination is proving to be just the right balance for Bren-Mar as we head into the next 30 years.
This is the year – 2018!
In September Bren-Mar Construction Celebrates 30 years in business. Those years have brought with it many clients, owners, architects and subcontractors along the journey. But mostly it has brought us many new friends!
Thirty years has seen a great many changes in the construction industry. Contractors now use digital plans, cell phones, tablets and smart gadgets. Project Managers use construction software and computer aided design. Jobsites have increased health and safety standards, enhanced equipment, drone technology and construction wearables. There are more systematic approaches to all aspects of construction, with the ability to achieve more and faster than ever before.
The building industry has definitely seen change since 1988! And Bren-Mar has been right there as witness to these many changes embracing the shifts in construction means and methods as well as advancing the company begun 30 years ago.
Bren-Mar remained strong throughout these 30 years with many economic ups and downs. Bren-Mar’s business philosophy has been the same since Brent started the company and is reflected in the company’s mission statement today: always give your best, take care of the customer providing exceptional service with high quality craftsmanship – every time.
We Celebrate the Journey on 30!
It’s February and love is in the air. And by “love” of course we mean the smell of fresh baked cookies. After all, they’re one in the same, right?
Breaking ground on what is likely the best smelling jobsite in the region, Bren-Mar Construction is excited to partner with crust – a baking company in our hometown of Fenton on their massive expansion. The facility will more than double in size -from 5,000sf to 13,000sf- with growth in all areas of their operation; from baking and shipping to retail and dining.
While the guys of Bren-Mar regularly make the rounds to jobsites and meetings with clients, behind the scenes are a couple ladies helping make their jobs easier – wherever they may be. You’ve likely spoken to but perhaps never seen Devon or Erica. These ladies are like the Superwoman of Bren-Mar, rarely seen but always at the ready.
While Devon handles more day-to-day things around the office than we’d care to admit, Erica works from afar in our affectionately referred to Bren-Ver satellite location in Colorado. And when they’re not busy working, both of these gals love to spend time enjoying their families and the outdoors.
Devon is a sucker for a beautiful garden and has been known to make day trips to Midland or Grand Rapids to enjoy the peaceful serenity of Dow Gardens and Meijer Gardens. While she maintains that her own garden is quite modest, we’ve heard that it has it’s own pond so we do have our doubts. She is also brightening the office with it’s bounty all spring and summer, which we truly enjoy! And if she’s not at the garden you might find her on the shores of Lake Michigan. Having grown up North of Muskegon she just can’t resist those expansive beaches and cool blue waves, no matter the season. And who could blame her, really? We love the lake too!
While she misses the abundance of beautiful lakes, large and small, that Michigan offers, Erica has been embracing what water she is able to find out in Colorado. Trout fishing in small mountain lakes and hiking along rivers. While the scenery is a bit different, it is equally beautiful in it’s own regard. She has enjoyed exploring new towns and has found Golden to be a favorite, and not for the reason you might think -cough, Coors Brewery, cough-. The town is home to Clear Creek History Park which has it’s very own chickens that kids, adults and dogs love to stop by and visit!
Bren-Mar Construction welcomes Rich Cossettini as the Superintendent for the new Shake Shack project located in historic downtown Detroit. Rich is a history buff who has a true passion for construction and over 25 years in the industry. He’ll be putting all that knowledge to good use on this project. In addition to welcoming Rich to the team, we also want to welcome Shake Shack as this will be their first restaurant in Michigan. We can’t wait for the doors to open!
On Saturday, September 10, Max Williams and his wife, Kristen, welcomed the newest addition to their family; Clark Holland weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz., stretching 19.25 inches long.
Clark joins big brothers Henry and Matthew who are excited to now have their parents outnumbered.
Congratulations Williams’ family – we think the next one will be a girl!
We have been attempting a blog which highlights our beloved Wally for nearly a year now. But if you know Wally, it should come as no surprise to you that he has managed to escape our spotlight.
As the Bren-Mar Team continues to grow, Wally has been taking on the role of mentor in addition to his ‘day job’ as project manager. While he’s busy providing guidance to our newest project managers this mentoring often takes him all over the greater Flint/Detroit region so keep your eyes peeled and you might even catch a glimpse of him for yourself!
Since Wally has been so successful in escaping and deflecting our inquiries into his life, we can only speculate as to his hobbies and interests. Here’s what we’ve been able to gather over the last couple of years:
- Wally has a family; his wife, Dianna, and two children; a son and daughter. We estimate both children to be in their mid twenties and know that his daughter is engaged and that he and his son hunt together.
- Wally has a pool; he and his family sometimes host barbeques at said pool; we’ve never been invited otherwise we would be able to provide further information on this detail.
- Wally enjoys cars and has a Mustang, we know he attended the Woodward Dream Cruise this year and suspect he may have taken his Mustang.
- Wally and his family like to vacation along the eastern seaboard; while we can’t recall if he’s ever divulged the exact town, we do know that he’s brought back saltwater taffy to share with us at the office.
- Wally dislikes chocolate; it’s taken us awhile to come to grips with this fact but once we realized it was one less person to share treats with we were pretty quick to overcome this somewhat odd fact.
While the details of his life outside of Bren-Mar are hard to come by, we could go on and on about his work related accolades. Rather than bore you with the industry specific details, just trust us when we say he is exceptional at his job. Wally is a much appreciated asset to our company and we look forward to learning more about him -little by little- over the future years.
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